I have a guy at work that bought himself a Taurus 454 Casull a while back... shot it a few times and now shoots 45colt through it because its cheaper... He has given me 454 casull brass (since he gives me all his brass) but he was asking if I could reload some 454 for him.
I load 45 colt now for my dads SAA replica... pretty much just cowboy loads.
I have never fired a 454 casull nor do I know what kind of ammo is out there... can you guys give me a few recommendations on bullets to use? I'm almost 100% sure he will only be using it for target practice.
I was thinking a 250-300gr at around 1500-1300fps?
Or is that going to be a wrist breaker? I'd like to make it a little hotter than what you can crank out of a 45colt, but at the same time... he is just punching paper.
I was looking over a few reloading reciepes... seems like H110 is a commonly like powder... and the other question... small rifle primers? or magnum small rifle?
And I have heard of people stepping up to .452" dia jacketed bullets with this caliber... should I? Or just sticking with .451"
I have loaded about 200 so far for my taurus. small rifle magnum primers, H110, and 240gr XTP MAGs (.452). haven't tried the heavier bullets yet. i worked up to 37gr of H110 and IIRC was getting 1850fps and it was hard on the elbows and H110 is a crowd pleasers, shoot massive fireballs out of the muzzle break. i backed it down to 35.5grs h110 @ 1750fps. I normally shoot 45 colts through it anyways though.
I don't own a .454, but I shoot a lot of 44 mag in 3 different guns.
From my experience with that, H110 will get you more velocity in full power loads, but Alliant 2400 will be more versatile with less than full power stuff. H110 is at it's best when pushed to full pressure. Less than full pressure yields lots of velocity variance and less than top notch accuracy.
Make sure you use a good heavy roll crimp and seat the bullet and crimp in two steps.